Friday, March 30, 2007

Hugo Nominations Up at Locus

Head over to Locus for the complete list. I was delighted to see John Jude Palencar get his first nomination. (I just ordered his book from amazon, LOVE his art!) Oh, and note the link to one of the short stories and a novelette available online, and also to BLINDSIGHT.

I see that Tor did amazingly well in the novel category, and Asimov's ruled the shorter fiction categories:

Blindsight, Peter Watts (Tor) *
Eifelheim, Michael Flynn (Tor)
Glasshouse, Charles Stross (Ace)
His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik (Ballantine Del Rey; Voyager as Temeraire)
Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

"A Billion Eves", Robert Reed (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2006)
"Inclination", William Shunn (Asimov's Apr/May 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story, Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing)
"Lord Weary's Empire", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Dec 2006)
"The Walls of the Universe", Paul Melko (Asimov's Apr/May 2006)

"All the Things You Are", Mike Resnick (Jim Baen's Universe Oct 2006)
"Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth", Michael F. Flynn (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2006)
"The Djinn's Wife", Ian McDonald (Asimov's Jul 2006)
"Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)", Geoff Ryman (F&SF Oct 2006)
"Yellow Card Man", Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimov's Dec 2006)

"Eight Episodes", Robert Reed (Asimov's Jun 2006)
"The House Beyond Your Sky", Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons Sep 2006)
"How to Talk to Girls at Parties", Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)
"Impossible Dreams", Tim Pratt (Asimov's Jul 2006)
"Kin", Bruce McAllister (Asimov's Feb 2006)

You might note this little anti-theist dig in the protog's POV in the prologue, third pragraph, of BLINDSIGHT:
His parents had never had him optimized. Those few TwenCen relics who still believed in God also held that one shouldn't try to improve upon His handiwork. So although both of us could have been repaired, only one of us had been.

I don't know about your brand of Christianity, but most of the folks I know who believe in God would happily cure their kids' nearsightedness and acne and substance abuses. I think many of us would not blink at genetic manipulation if it fixed things that hurt our kids or ourselves. I'd happily submit to genetic fixes for my bad eyesight, zits, asthma, allergies, autoimmune misfunctions, and thyroid dysfunction. Note he doesn't specify a specific sect or subset of a faith. Just "who still believed in God." So, color me miffed.

And I"m guessing groups of non-theists would oppose it, just as New Agey types who believe in no particular God oppose genetic modification of veggies and fruits and grains for other reasons than religion.

Whether that's just a character trait distant from the author, or the author's anti-theist slip showing, I dunno. But there ya go...


Elliot said...

Well, Eifelheim's positive portrayal of theists would balance that out, I hope! I'm very happy to see it got nominated.

Mirtika said...

Just cause you said that, I'm ordering Eifelheim. :)


Anonymous said...

If anyone would like to read my Hugo-nominated novelette, Jim Baen's Universe has made it available at:

-- Mike Resnick

Mirtika said...

Thanks, Mike. I'll edit the blog entry to add the link.